AFGHANISTAN'S LAST FIGHTING SEASON In 2009, Gen McChrystal, then the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan gathered his senior officers to discuss the state of the war. They discussed the frequency of Taliban attacks and their impact, the number of locals security forces and the effectiveness of the Afghan government in two key regions of the country: Kandahar and Kunar, both historical safe-havens and highly contested terrains. The verdict was that the Americans and their NATO allies were loosing. If the Americans were going to retake Afghanistan they needed to restart with Kandahar and Kunar. By the summer of 2011 after major operations conducted by US Coalition forces most of Kandahar had been secured and the roads leading to Kabul became inaccessible to the insurgency. Kunar remained as the country's most kinetic and volatile region and the official home of the insurgency. As the US is finally wrapping up its ten-year mission in Afghanistan the soldiers of the 4th Infantry 4th Combat Division of Task Force Lethal Warrior have the near impossible mission of defeating the insurgency and securing the cushion province of Kunar which lays between Kabul and Pakistan before abandoning the area in October of 2012 and before NATO finally withdraws by 2014. Perched on a sheer valley in the verdant, mountainous east of Afghanistan, Combat Oupost Nangalam home of the man of the 4th Infantry 4th Combat Division is as close to the border with Pakistan as it gets, and as a result sits on a important supply route for insurgents infiltrating the country. Life on the small, joint US-Afghan base of Combat Outpost Nangalam is beautiful and violent as they get in to running gun battles with the hardened Taliban who own the surrounding terrain. This is their last fighting season, their last push in a effort to stabilize the volatile country.